Stinchfield Test

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 Stinchfield Test

What is a Stinchfield test?

Stinchfield test (or resisted hip flexion test) is designed to help distinguish between intra-articular and extra-articular hip pathology causing groin, thigh, buttock, and even pretibial leg pain. It was described by Frank Stinchfield, MD.

The Stinchfield’s test is designed to simulate the normal walking forces across the hip joint and usually elicits pain in the presence of any significant hip pathology such as arthritis, fracture, or infection.

See Also:  Straight-leg raise test (lasegue-test)
See Also: Thomas Test

How do you do the Stinchfield test?

What does a positive Stinchfield test mean?

Stinchfield resisted hip flexion test
Stinchfield Procedure

Stinchfield Test Accuracy

Unfortunately, Stinchfield’s test has not been subjected to criteria validity research, so no sensitivity or specificity numbers are available.



  1. Dick HM: A tribute to Frank Stinchfield, MD. Clin Orthop September 1994:2–4
  2. Kavanagh BF: Evaluation of the painful total hip arthroplasty. In Joint Replacement Arthroplasty. Morrey BF, ed. New York: Churchill Livingstone, 1991:782.
  3. Mcgrory, Brian. (1999). Stinchfield resisted hip flexion test. Hosp Physician. 35. 41-42. This manuscript describes the Stinchfield test for hip pain, and reviews its history, physiology, and application in clinical orthopaedics. Link
  4. Dutton’s Orthopaedic Examination, Evaluation, And Intervention 3rd Edition.
  5. Bruce Reider, AB, MD. The Orthopaedic Physical Examination, 2nd Edition.

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